We were teased just a couple of days ago that UFC heavyweight Pat Barry would be making a big announcement. The announcement came today on SuckerPunch Entertainment’s Facebook page. Barry is walking away from MMA for the time being.
Barry’s manager Brian Butler released this statement:
After long discussions with our client Pat Barry over the recent weeks, he has come to the decision that he will be taking an indefinite leave from competing in MMA. The UFC and Zuffa have been very gracious in releasing him from his contract and Pat is very grateful for everything they have done for him and his career.
“Over the past few fights I’ve just had this sinking feeling in my stomach whenever I have stepped into the Octagon and I realize, I DONT WANT TO WRESTLE. Not saying I will never do MMA again, but right now I just want to hit people. MMA and the UFC have been great to me and I will always support the company and the sport. I want to thank all my fans, sponsors and haters for being with me on this journey and I look forward to what future holds.” – HD!
“Pat and I have talked about this for a while now and with recent changes in the landscape of combat sports, he wants to explore some options and try to get back to his roots. He’s going to take a little time to clear his head and then we will explore our options. We will keep you posted on things as they develop.” – Brian Butler
This doesn’t signal the end of competition for Barry. It seems that with other options, as mentioned in the statement, a return to combat sports isn’t completely out of the question. Barry leaves the UFC with a record of 5-7 but was one of the best characters and media friendly figures inside the company.